Kol High gives Kol Emeth and local area Jewish teens an opportunity to continue learning, to make and sustain friendships, and to discover the ways in which Judaism can help address the moral challenges that daily face them. We begin our Thursday evenings at 6:30pm with our first hour of class, followed by a delicious dinner prepared by our resident chef and facilities manager, Pepe Sanchez. After a a spirited expression of gratitude for our meal in the form of a camp-like singing of the Grace After Meals Birkat HaMazon, we move on to our second hour of class, finishing at 8:45pm.
Kol Emeth membership is not required for Kol High participation – all Jewish teens in the area are invited to join this program!
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In the years following their B’nai Mitzvah, our 8th and 9th graders continue studying with their beloved teacher Jeff Schwarz in an exploration of Jewish Ethics. They discuss such “hot topics” as inter-dating, vegetarianism and addiction.
Older teens also continue a special relationship with our rabbis through the Kol High program. Rabbi Booth enjoys studying significant Jewish texts such as Talmud and Jewish philosophy. Rabbi Schwartz teaches about Israel, social justice, and how to see current events through a Jewish lense.
The Madrichim Program is coordinated with Kol High. Each week, Madrichim meet during Kol High on Thursday nights to plan Shabbat lessons for the 3rd-4th grade class. On Shabbat mornings, they tutor the students in Hebrew and prayers and offer camp-like activities to teach big Jewish ideas. Madrichim are compensated for their teaching time on Saturdays or Tuesdays either financially or with community service hours.
On Saturday mornings, our 8th and 9th graders get together for an interactive discussion class led by the illustrious Ilona Shechter. Last year’s topics included the stories of teen Zionist heroes and “Xtreme Menschlichkeit”. This year’s classes will be as Xtremely engaging!
All high schoolers are also encouraged to participate in Palo Alto USY (PAUSY), Kol Emeth’s high school youth group chapter. On our online registration form, select “USY” under the “Youth Group Membership” drop-down menu. You can learn more about USY by contacting Max our USY Youth Advisor!